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Dundas West / Howard Park track replacement: TTC detours, starting September 27



Update — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.: Construction at Dundas West / Howard Park ends and the intersection reopens Saturday, October 24. The detours remain, however, due to two more track-replacement projects on Dundas West at Sterling Road and College Street. To prepare for the new projects, TTC crews are relocating rails from a storage site on Howard Park Avenue to another on Dundas Street West. The TTC continues to detour streetcars and buses until November 10.


Since Monday, July 6, the City of Toronto and the TTC have been working on a project (.pdf) to renew the aging streetcar tracks, resurface the roadway and repair the sidewalks

  • on Howard Park Avenue between Parkside Drive and Sunnyside Avenue.

Crews have also rebuilt the tracks and platform in High Park Loop.

Starting Monday, September 28, they start the final phase of the project (.pdf) — improving the intersection of Howard Park with Lynd Avenue / Dundas Street West. They also replace the streetcar infrastructure — including tracks, switches and curves — at the junction.

According to the City, “This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and [the] City’s road to a state of good repair and is part of the 2020 Council-approved Capital Works Program.”

Since Sunday, June 21, the TTC has replaced streetcars with buses along the entire 306 / 506 Carlton routes to accommodate this and other construction projects.

Starting 10 p.m. Sunday, September 27, the TTC is detouring streetcars and buses along these routes to accommodate the work zone for the last phase of this project:

  • 306 Carlton overnight;
  • 505 Dundas; and
  • 506 Carlton.

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(Updated — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.) Construction at Dundas West and Howard Park and the resulting TTC detours continue until October 25 until October 24.

(Updated — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.) Due to upcoming track-replacement projects on Dundas West at Sterling Road and College Street, streetcars and buses continue detouring until November 10.

Buses and streetcars continue to detour (with slightly different detour routing) after October 25 during upcoming track-replacement projects:

  • on Dundas Street West between Sorauren Avenue and Sterling Road;
  • on Dundas Street West on the bridge over GO Transit’s Barrie rail corridor; and
  • at the intersection of Dundas Street West with College Street.

Starting Monday, September 28, TTC crews start rebuilding the tracks, including a new passenger platform. City contractors are also installing new traffic signals, upgrading the sidewalks, resurfacing the roadway and reconfiguring the intersection.

They’re building an eastbound streetcar passenger platform on Howard Park west of Dundas.

Crews also conduct some underground hydro utility work, requiring them to excavate the sidewalk and remove paver stones at the corner of Lynd Avenue and Dundas West.

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The City is fully closing the intersection of Howard Park and Dundas to traffic. Crews are cordoning off the work zone with construction barrels and fast fencing.

The City is also closing Morrow and Lynd Avenues to traffic at Dundas. It’s temporarily amending traffic regulations to allow two-way traffic to flow along Lynd during the construction. Golden Avenue remains open to traffic at Dundas throughout the project, to allow access to the residential area north of Dundas.

The City is also temporarily prohibiting parking near the work zone.


The TTC says, “Around-the-clock work during periods of rail installation by TTC track crews is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete and support daytime construction. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of installing pre-assembled rail panels, moving some new rail strings into position and rail welding / grinding. Unavoidable noise can be expected during these activities.”

Crews excavate and break concrete at various times between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Breaking concrete is the most disruptive part of the project.


TTC crews are placing track materials and work equipment on the street in the work zone. Crews are delivering pre-assembled rail panels on two flat-deck trailers overnight Sunday, September 27, before crews start working Monday morning. They’re parking the two trailers containing rail panel on the streetcar tracks on Dundas between Ritchie and Golden Avenues. They’ll install these rail panels before Monday, October 5. They’re parking a smaller trailer of rails close to the intersection — on Howard Park just west of Dundas.


(Updated — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.) The next City / TTC track-placement project planned starts the week of October 26 at the intersection of Dundas Street West with College Street and includes an area on Dundas West west of Sterling Road.

To prepare for this upcoming track project, from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, October 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, October 26, crews are relocating the remaining strings of rail they currently store on Howard Park Avenue just west of Dundas to an area on Dundas just east of Sorauren Avenue.

“Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers will escort the trucks moving the rail strings eastward along Dundas to ensure the safety of pedestrians, motorists and the track crew. (The long strings of rail are very heavy and could be damaging to property, vehicles and people, if the crews lose control of them while lifting or moving them.) Expect noise during this overnight activity, including beeping from safety signals on vehicles while they are reversing.


506 Carlton
306 Carlton overnight

(Updated — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.) From 10 p.m. Sunday, September 27 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 25 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, **November 10, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, then detour:

eastward along Bloor West; and then
southward along Lansdowne Avenue to College Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along College.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues and across from Sterling Road and
  • on College Street at Lansdowne Avenue.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bloor Street West at Sterling Road and Lansdowne Avenue and
  • on Lansdowne Avenue beside #422 Lansdowne and at Whytock Avenue.

Westbound buses reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Sterling Road, across from Sorauren Avenue and at Morrow Avenue and at Bloor Street West.

Instead, westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Lansdowne Avenue across from Whytock Avenue and beside #533 Lansdowne and
  • on Bloor Street West at Symington Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Passengers travelling to and from stops on Howard Park have no transit service until about December 31. Alternatives include:

  • 80 Queensway: Board or exit from buses on Parkside Drive at Howard Park Avenue.
  • 304 / 504A King: Board or exit from streetcars on Roncesvalles Avenue at Howard Park Avenue.
505 Dundas

(Updated — Friday, October 23, 4:48 p.m.) From 10 p.m. Sunday, September 27 until 5 a.m. Sunday, October 25 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, **November 10, eastbound streetcars start their trips on Dundas Street West west of Lansdowne Avenue, then proceed:

along their regular route eastward along Dundas West.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in Dundas West Station terminal,
  • on Edna Avenue at Dundas Street West,
  • on Dundas Street West beyond Roncesvalles Avenue, at Howard Park and Sorauren Avenues and across from Sterling Road.

Westbound cars operate along their regular route to Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue, then detour:

northward along Lansdowne;
westward along College Street; and then
eastward along Dundas West to Lansdowne,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Sterling Road, across from Sorauren Avenue, at Morrow Avenue, across from Roncesvalles Avenue and at Dundas Street West and
  • in Dundas West Station terminal.

Passengers travelling to and from stops on Dundas West between Lansdowne and Roncesvalles Avenue have no transit service until about December 31. Alternatives include:

  • 304 / 504A King: Board or exit from streetcars on Roncesvalles Avenue at Boustead Avenue.
  • 306 / 506 Carlton: Board or exit from buses at Dundas West Station or Lansdowne Avenue / College Street.